Oncology Rounds

The latest news and research on cancer care from the Oncology Roundtable.

UVA's 3 keys to building a top outpatient palliative care program

by Deirdre Saulet and Julia Venanzi October 12, 2017

This summer, we shared results from UVA's CARE Track program, a multi-year initiative to improve the quality of life for patients with advanced cancer. While that post focused on the reduced odds of ICU admissions for cancer patients at UVA, we received so much interest from organizations around the country that we had a follow-up conversation with Dr. Leslie Blackhall, the palliative care lead at UVA.

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The financial toxicity of cancer is harming patients. How can your program help?

by Deirdre Saulet and Soleil Shah September 28, 2017

More than a third of cancer patients with insurance spend more on out-of-pocket costs than they expect. This burden, increasingly referred to as the financial toxicity of cancer, negatively impacts patients' physical and social wellbeing. Keep reading for new research and our advice on how your cancer program can help.

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How cancer teams let down my friend—and what I hope they learn from it

Lindsay Conway September 13, 2017

I've spent much of the past decade working with cancer centers to improve the care experience for patients and families. Along the way, I've interviewed hundreds of patients, administrators, and physicians. So I thought I had heard it all.

Yet after watching a friend and colleague navigate breast cancer treatment last year, I was dismayed to see how her care missed the mark. My friend has spent her career studying the health care system. She is well-educated, has health insurance, and has an excellent prognosis. She is the kind of patient that cancer centers compete to attract. But she faced obstacles at every turn.

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How barbershops help NYU Langone boost cancer screening rates

by Deirdre Saulet and Ashley Riley August 30, 2017

Colorectal cancer screening rates are increasing and incidence is decreasing in the United States, which is certainly good news.

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Beyond 340B: The 5 other CMS proposals for 2018 that cancer programs need to know

by Deirdre Saulet and Kate Wister August 17, 2017

By now, you've likely heard about the significant 340B changes CMS called for in the 2018 HOPPS proposed rule released back in July—but that's not the only proposal that would impact cancer programs' payments. Keep reading for our non-340B-related takeaways on the proposed rule.

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The results are in: Here's what we're researching for 2018

by Deirdre Saulet and Katherine Wister August 3, 2017

Every year, we survey cancer program leaders across the country to identify their top challenges and priorities. This input directly informs our research agenda for the year.

The latest results are in from about 250 of your peers. Read on for our insights and to learn how your program's work can be featured in our upcoming research.

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ICYMI: Major news on CAR T-cell therapy and biosimilars

Deirdre Saulet July 19, 2017

With all eyes on Congress, you might have missed two pieces of major news last week on biosimilars and CAR T-cell therapy.

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How UVA uses palliative care to improve patient quality of life

by Deirdre Saulet and Julia Venanzi July 6, 2017

When it comes to end-of-life care, there is a real discrepancy between what patients say they want and what they receive. In partnership with The Economist, the Kaiser Family Foundation recently conducted a survey of Americans’ views on end-of-life medical care. The survey found most adults (71%) say that, given the choice, they would prefer to die at home. However, in reality, we know that only 31% of Medicare beneficiaries actually die in their homes.

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